I had a brief look at their website, and all I could find about their construction methods was that they used "most modern wood-epoxy composite" techniques. Not enough info for real discussion IMO.
Our Insatiable II is Western Red Cedar strip-plank epoxy
composite construction, with glass inside and out. She's just turned 21 years in August, has done on the order of 100K miles at sea (40 K in our hands) and is still in pristine shape. The single
drawback of this construction is that the hull
is painted rather than gel-coated. This often can look far better than gel-coat, but is somewhat more fragile and needs renewing sooner if cosmetic condition is important to the owner. Otherwise, the maintenance is similar to a normal GRP hull
-- no special issues like worrying about worm or drying out/caulking when on the hard
. We have found her structure to be surprisingly stiff (compared to previous GRP boats), reasonably well insulated (thermal), but not quiet as the Spirit folks claim. In fact, the hull/deck structure is sorta like a drumhead, and transmits sound very well indeed... downright noisy at sea, and raindrops are loud at anchor
IMO, this construction is perhaps the very best of compromises for non-productionline boat building.